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Men's Social Group

Casual, supportive social group for men

WHEN:  2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Grand Rapids Pride Center, 343 Atlas Ave SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506

The Grand Rapids Pride Center Men’s Social Group has three main goals.

  • Create a welcoming atmosphere free of judgement that inspires open and honest conversation.
  • Forge new friendships outside of bars, clubs, phone apps and the “dating scene.”
  • Provide a diverse array of perspective by welcoming all gay/bi/questioning men ages 18 to 118.

The social group is casual and follows a loose format.

Group is started with the question

“Did anyone come here today with the specific intention to ask a question or share an experience with the group?”

If no one wishes to share at first we will “warm up” by doing a round of get-to-know-you questions such as:

“If you could be born in a different era which would you choose and why?” or

“What are you afraid of?” Just to get the group more comfortable with speaking.

Group members can choose to answer the question, skip, or ask the group a question that they have made up on their own.

This pattern will continue until a topic “sticks” so feel free to interject if you find a topic interesting or want to elaborate.

While the get-to-know-you questions are very general, adult topics and deeper topics are completely appropriate. The facilitator will act as the thermometer of the room however, and has the right to change topics or ask that a group member allow someone else to have the floor.

All topics should be executed with the use of an open mind, and without the use of hateful or discriminatory language.

All meetings and events will be put on the Facebook group calendar and all group members that have joined the group will receive invites via Facebook.

Common Questions:

Are allies welcome? No. We ask that only those who identify as GBTQ attend the Men’s Social Group as this is a safe space with no pressure on group members to educate others about their identities. 

What is the Facebook group page URL? Can people see me on it if I join? The Facebook URL for the Group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/grpcmensgroup/.  Anyone that finds the group page online can see that you are a member, however only members can see posts and events.

For more information please, call: 616-458-3511 or email: info@grpride.org

You may also be interested in our groups LGBT+ME and Own Your Gender.   

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